Season 3 Episode 9


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 22, 2005 on CBS
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Tony is accused of murdering a woman whose body was found at Quantico, and the team must prove his innocence. All the possible evidence proves that Tony is guilty, and the team will give their best to set their agent and a friend free.

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  • I laughed so hard at the ending

    LOL I Laughed so hard at the end when everyone raced to Abby's lab to save her. Abby had the jerk hogtied. ;''Now can I work alone?'' (followed by a long-suffering sigh) Haha classic. Abby's the best! :)
  • this episode was really just about a fight between the good guys, i.e. tony and the bad guy, michael be i have to give the writers credit about working everything in from former episodes, like the carpet fiber- and creating a funny episode.moreless

    who would have thought that michael b. could be sooo much the bad guy when he played bud's brother in JAG, squeaky clean. he really enjoyed this role, you could tell. too bad, he is gone. i would not mind having him show up again as a "developed baddie"..
  • Tony is framed for a murder at a military base. They find out Abbys new lab partner was behind this.

    This episode was totaly against Tony. It was soo unfair that they had to frame Tony. But it was funny how they handled it. That dude that worked with Abby.(Forgot his name) Was really creapy from the begining. I thought he had something to do with it all. But overall I thought that the did a pretty good job with it. Tony, good job under preasure.
  • It has to be an alternate reality with that ending...


    The Chip-meister is far too cool to be some evil subversive deep-cover agent.

    And here he was, actually starting to flesh out into a truly interesting character, and the next thing we see is him be dragged away in handcuffs.

    If they were looking for a shocking twist, they certainly achieved it.

    Though I am sort of hoping they do a Bobby Ewing and it all turns out to be a dream instead.
  • Wow! It only gets better!

    Another episode of NCIS, and this one is just as sensational as the four that precede it. This time, Agent DiNozzo has been framed for murder, when a severed leg is found with his DNA all over it.

    There were some really interesting scenes from the episode, such as when Gibbs came down to visit Tony in jail.

    The ending to the episode is one of the most unpredictable ones ever, and I really enjoy that last quote by Abby before the screen goes grey.

    This episode is truly not one to be missed. A fantastic episode with so many great dimensions to it. Fantastic episode, and keep it up!moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Mossad Agent Ziva David

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Lauren Holly

Lauren Holly

Director Jenny Shepard

Michael Bellisario

Michael Bellisario

Charles 'Chip' Sterling

Guest Star

Don Franklin

Don Franklin

FBI Special Agent Ron Sacks

Guest Star

Matt Malloy

Matt Malloy

George Stuart 'Petri'

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Joe Spano

Joe Spano

Senior FBI Agent T.C. Fornell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • TRIVIA: When Ziva, Gibbs, & McGee are running down the list of possibles and crossing them off you can see all of the possibles on a plasma. On the bottom rights is an employee card for Mr. Yee - Security Officer for C.W. Murray Security Service. C.W. Murray is Chad W. Murray, Sean Murray's (McGees) real life brother and Don Bellisario's step son. He is listed as a post-production coordinator on NCIS for 2003-2004.

    • TRIVIA: The pizza that Gibbs gives Tony is generic. The box only says "Hot & Delicious Pizza" "Made Just for You."

    • TRIVIA: When they are scanning Tony's tooth mold into the computer you can see a scanning surface hooked up to a computer on one of Abby's back counters. This scanner is the "HP Scanjet 4670 See-Thru Vertical Scanner" hooked up to a Windows XP machine. On a side note it's impossible for a flatbed scanner to scan in a 3d model of anything.

    • TRIVIA: This is the first episode where Tony accentuates Ziva's name. From here on through season 6 Tony will randomly say Z-I-V-A in a quick & higher pitched voice when messing with her or responding to a comment or snipe from Ziva.

    • TRIVIA: We learn that Gibbs' dad flew a P-51 and had Betty Grable painted on its nose.

    • GOOF: When McGee comes in to give Abby a new Caf-Pow, she grabs it from him, but in the next scene McGee has it in his hand.

    • TRIVIA: If you look closely at the episodes before "Frame Up", you can see the moments that Chip used to get evidence against Tony.

    • TRIVIA: The jail cell that Tony is sent to is the same jail cell that FBI Agent Fornell is sent to in the Season 2 episode, "The Bone Yard".

    • TRIVIA:  In the commentary for this episode featured in the season three dvds, Michael Weatherly, who plays Tony revealed that his lines were hidden on the back of his camera in the scene where the team first find the glove in the forest.

    • TRIVIA: After the Opening Credits, if you look carefully, you can see that Ziva is reading The Handbook of American Slang which is probably used to help Ziva with her English.

    • TRIVIA: When asked by Gibbs if he quit, real-life NCIS Director David Brant replies that he refers to it as a "lateral movement into the recreational sector" (retirement). Director Brant retired from NCIS in December 2005.

  • QUOTES (39)

    • Ziva: We have a warrant.
      Petri: For what?! I didn't do anything wrong!
      Ziva: Oh no? I can think of two things. Framing an NCIS agent for murder and really, really, really pissing him (Gibbs) off.

    • Tony: You set this up, didn't you?
      Ziva: I would never... Okay, I maybe I would, but... I didn't.

    • Jimmy: I'll bet Tony made some unseemly comment about these legs, didn't he?
      Ducky: Why would he do that, Mr. Palmer?
      Jimmy: I just mean, uh, knowing Tony - they're fairly shapely legs, Doctor.
      Ducky: Yes. Nobody had the bad taste to verbalize such a though, until now.

    • George Stewart: You think I cut off some girl's legs?!
      Ziva: Did you?
      George Stewart: No! Why would I ever do such a thing?
      Ziva: I don't know, but if you're going to talk to me, please get a breath mint first! Please!

    • (watching Gibbs interview Lt. Kim)
      McGee: You found them...
      Ziva: Flagrante delicto...
      McGee: That's...
      Ziva: Roman slang for what Tony calls "badda-bing badda-boom."

    • McGee: You know, maybe you should expand the list. Just to include the people that just hate you.
      Tony: Hate me? Nobody hates me.
      McGee: Paula Cassidy.
      Tony: Don't go there. People like me, I'm a nice guy!
      McGee: What about the woman who posted your picture on the Herpes Alert website?
      Tony: Lieutenant Pam Kim.
      Abby: She so went Fatal Attraction on you!
      Tony: Boiled the bunny.

    • Ziva (About Abby): She's probably passed on by now.
      McGee: The term is passed out.
      Ziva: Whatever, the girl is tired.

    • McGee: Oh, don't forget about Mrs. Dean.
      Ziva: Another girlfriend?
      McGee: No, she threatened to cut off his... When Tony put her husband away for murdering his first wife.

    • (Tony is mock interrogating himself)
      Tony: You know, I've been thinking, I'm a federal prosecutor's dream.
      (Prosecution) You do tend to date a lot, don't you Mr. DiNozzo?
      (Tony) Yeah, I do tend to date a lot, but who's to say dating a new girl every week is a crime?
      (Prosecution) No. But it does speak to your deep seated psychological problems, and commitment issues.
      (Tony) Really? So you're saying my intimacy issues stem from my mother? Who dressed me as a sailor until I was ten years old.
      (Prosecution) Maybe. Well I guess it might explain why you objectify women and treat them like sexual objects. While you're being so forthright and insightful Mr. DiNozzo, why did you sink your teeth in the victim's leg?
      (Tony) Because I'm angry, and I'm immature, and I like control!
      (Prosecution) You have no alibi.
      (Tony) Alibi. How can I have an alibi when the murder doesn't even have a time or a date?
      (Prosecution) That's interesting. What about means? His glove, a scalpel. You could have gotten these things from work. No?
      (Tony) Right. Of course. I ripped a glove at the scene. It seems a little sloppy for a federal agent who investigates crime scenes, but those are the breaks when you're a homicidal maniac dumping butchered women's remains out in the woods in the middle of the night. Right?
      (He stops and turns to Gibbs)
      I'm not getting out of this one am I, Boss?
      (Gibbs motions for Tony to come closer to him, then smacks him upside the head.)
      Tony: Thanks, boss.

    • Gibbs: Ass kissing on the hill is a skill.
      Jenny: So is castration.
      Gibbs: I wear a cup.

    • Ziva: What do women try to achieve by cracking eggs on a man's car?
      McGee: Most men love their cars, it's a way of saying "You broke my heart, I break yours."
      Ziva: In Israel, we just shoot men who are untrue.

    • Fornell: The DA is gonna see this as a heinous crime.
      Gibbs: It is a heinous crime, Fornell. Tony, didn't do it.

    • Tony: (about the mafia) They tend to get a little touchy when they think of you as family and you turn out to be a cop.

    • Abby: Gibbs! All this evidence and a Caf-Pow. Is it my birthday?

    • Gibbs: DiNozzo!
      Tony: Yeah, boss?
      Gibbs: What are you doing?
      Tony: Somebody's setting me up.
      Gibbs: Two surgically removed legs dumped into a training area... Do ya think?
      Tony: Yeah. I was trying to think of arrestees with grudges.
      Ziva: Wouldn't they all have grudges?
      Tony: You see my dilemma.

    • (Abby is talking with Chip about evidence)
      Abby: Evidence is fun! Fun. You know, fun! (She starts spinning around.) Fun, Chip... You're a tough case, Chip.
      Chip: Yeah, I know.

    • (Ziva tries to cross the river, but both her and Ducky fall in the river.)
      Ducky: How refreshing! An independent woman!
      (Both of them start laughing.)

    • (After Abby lost the connection on the phone.)
      Abby: Hello? Hello?!
      (Chip shows up with a knife in his hands.)
      Chip: Haha... looks like we lost our connection, Abby.
      Abby: It was you. You worked at Pemberton Medical Analysis.
      Chip: Until I got fired!
      Abby: You took this job just to set up Tony!
      Chip: Yep... and I did a pretty good job at it, didn't I? Didn't I?!

    • Tony: (with a funny voice) Oooh... yeah, baby, come on, oh, oh, come on, come on...
      Ziva: (reading a book) I'm trying to concentrate!
      Tony: That makes two of us, doesn't it... Ziva?
      Ziva: Is it work related?
      Tony: Of course it's work related... Ziva!

    • Ziva: Speaking about wives, what about your ex-girlfriend... Monica?!
      Tony: Well, I always break up with them when I find out they're married, Ziva!

    • (When Tony says that he was watching Magnum the night that they are questioning him about, Agent Sacks asks him which episode)
      Tony: Heh. Asking which episode it was to check out the alibi. You're good Agent Sacks. It's my favorite Magnum...

    • Palmer: I have some samples for Abby.
      Chip: Well, that's convenient, because I'm Abby's assistant.
      Palmer: Just wanted to say Hi. I haven't seen her for a while.
      Chip: Well she's really busy right now.
      Palmer: It will only take a minute.
      Chip: You haven't been an assistant for very long, have you?
      Palmer: Longer then you.
      Chip: We'll see about that.
      Palmer: That doesn't make any sense, Chip.
      (Chip gets mad and put the evidence signing notebook in Palmer's face.)
      Chip: Charles. It's Charles.

    • Ziva: And women don't appreciate being called 'baggy bunnies'.

    • Tony: Wait a minute. You never do anything...
      (Gibbs smacks him)
      Tony: ... because you are such a good delegator.

    • (Ducky is taking Tony's teeth prints.)
      Tony: Cooon't yooo haaa uuuued my een-al ray-corss?

    • McGee: (goes over to Tony's desk to see what he is looking at)
      Tony: Eh! Little privacy here, Probie!
      (McGee starts walking back to his desk)
      Ziva: A 4. (talking about McGee)
      McGee: A four?! (Shocked thinking it is out of 10)
      Ziva: Out of 5. I think that's good.
      McGee: (smiles) Out of 5!
      Tony: What about this one? (bends over to display his rear) Come on!
      Ziva: No. I will not get involved with this any further. Gibbs always seems to be just right around the corner. No!
      Tony: Come on! Give it a little something. Come on! (slaps his rear) What do you think?! Rate it!
      Ziva: Fine... a 2.
      (Tony is shocked and McGee laughs. Gibbs comes in and tells them where they are going for the next case. Tony stops Ziva from leaving her desk)
      Tony: A 2?! 2?!
      Ziva: I took off 3 points for excessive hair.
      Tony: I don't have... That's a 5.
      Ziva: If you shave. (walks away)
      Tony: Shave...

    • FBI Agent Sacks: This guy is accused for murder and he is making jokes!
      Fornell: You have obviously never worked with NCIS before, have you, Agent Sacks?

    • FBI Agent Sacks: Do you have any idea how much trouble you are in Agent DiNozzo?
      Tony: Oh believe me. I do... Do you have any idea that you have something green between your teeth? It's right there.
      (motions to his own teeth)

    • FBI Agent Sacks: Run through your night.
      (Tony starts running through his night in his head, laughing from time to time. Agent Sacks is rolling his eyes)
      Tony: Oh. You mean out loud.

    • Abby: I almost stopped believing in... (does a hand signal opening up) But now I know Forensics was just testing me. Now I will rise up and find the man who did this to Tony and I will crucify him!

    • (Jen hands Gibbs documents)
      Gibbs: A little late, Jen.
      (Jen glares at him and makes a noise)
      Gibbs: I mean... Thank you, Director.
      Jen: Better.

    • Tony: I am so happy to see you Fornell.
      Fornell: That makes one of us DiNozzo.
      (Tony hands him the harmonica with a smile.)

    • (Tony grabs McGee through the prison bars)
      McGee: Tony... Tony?
      Tony: Prison changes a man.

    • McGee: ... The legs you severed -
      Tony: I didn't sever any legs!!
      McGee: Sorry. Slip of the tongue.

    • Pam Kim: Do you have any idea what coitus interruptus means Agent Gibbs?
      Gibbs: Nope.

    • Jen: Well, I managed to find this between kissing asses. (starts walking away)
      Gibbs: (calls after her) Just goes to show you should have stayed a field agent!

    • (frustrated, pointing at taped up Chip)
      Abby: Now can I work alone?

    • Gibbs: ID?
      Ducky: Without a toe print database, I'm afraid we'll have to rely on good old DNA.

    • (looking at a severed leg)
      Ducky: I'm afraid a liver temp is out of the question.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: January 3, 2006 on TV3
      Australia: May 3, 2006 on Channel 10
      Sweden: June 4, 2006 on TV3
      Germany: August 27, 2006 on SAT 1
      France: October 6, 2006 on M6
      Croatia: November 16, 2006 on NOVA TV
      Italy: November 20, 2006 on RAI 2
      Finland: November 24, 2007 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: April 30, 2009 on Markiza

    • Lauren Holly (Director Jenny Shepard) is now credited in the opening credits after being a recurring star through a few episodes this season.


    • When Tony is talking to the FBI Agent, he talks about a Magnum, P.I. episode. The episode he is referring to is "Home From the Sea".

    • When Ziva said that Tony might have been framed by his ex-girlfriend Monica, it was a reference to episode 3x06 "The Voyeur's Web" when Tony and Monica broke up because Tony found out that she is married.

    • Gibbs and Ducky mention the serial killer Theodore Bundy (Ted Bundy) in where he bit his victims and was later identified by his crooked lower teeth. The movie The Deliberate Stranger from 1986 was based on Ted Bundy. The part of Ted Bundy was played by none other than the same man who plays Gibbs, namely Mark Harmon.

    • While being questioned concerning his location at the time of the murder, Tony mentions how he was at home, watching Magnum P.I.

      This is the third time this season that Tony has talked about Bellisario's TV series Magnum P.I. (previously, he obsessed about one person's Magnum hawaiian shirt in episode 3x05 "Switch," and talked to Cassidy about a red Ferrari from Magnum, in episode 3x03 "Mind Games.")